In a world where Italian food has become one of the most-sought-after types of food, the quest for the perfect pasta seems like a utopia. Le Cucine Mandarosso is like a real treasure: well hidden in the small streets leading to the Palau de la Musica, it doesn’t stand out so much from the outside but the moment you enter you’ll realize that something amazingly good is cooking there. Be it their rich pasta sauces or the luscious desserts, it all smells simply delicious.
At midday, they have the typical lunch menu. For € 11, you’re offered one plate, a beverage, dessert and coffee. But please, don’t be fooled thinking you will leave this place hungry: the pasta plates are big and rich. Not a pasta lover? Order a Mozzarella salad or a burger. Another nice exception from other restaurants: they offer the same menu on Saturdays and Sundays.
The menu changes everyday but if you happen to run into a “lasagna with pesto” when you’re there, don’t hesitate. Also, try the “pasta al horno”. Most of the fresh produce comes from Barcelona but the pastas as well as most of the conserves are straight from Italy. And they have great cappuccino. And desserts.
For dinner or large groups it is always advised to make a reservation – none taken for lunch, except on Saturdays. On Sunday nights, they have an appero: Italian tapas with every drink you ask. Monday they rest, as should we all.
Like I said: a small hidden treasure.